CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser

I have had acne since I was 12. At 31 years old, I still fight with acne and blackheads. For many years, I tried everything and anything under the sun to clear and maintain the breakouts. Everything from DIY to drugstore to high end products to prescriptions. I wish I had recorded the amount of money I had spent on these acne products over the years. I’m sure it would have been enough to buy a new car.

My go-to product was a drugstore product (they will remain anonymous because I am not here to bash products). I was a longtime brand loyalist because I felt it did its job to the best of its ability. The issues I had with it were lingering blackheads and post wash tight skin. I used it for so long without even thinking of looking for another drugstore brand. When you get older, change is not your forte. 

It was time for me to bite the bullet and look for another cleanser. My initial requirement was for the cleanser to be a daily scrub. That is what I was used to using on my face because I felt like it was taking care of the blackheads. Unfortunately, I was just lying to myself. The daily scrub was NOT taking care of the blackhead issues.

I came across CeraVe’s new line of products. I tried their moisturizers before, but never the cleansers. I thought to myself, “It’s not going to hurt to give this a try.” Therefore, I purchased their <a href="http://<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/CeraVe-Treatment-Salicylic-Purifying-Blackhead/dp/B097WFJ5H2/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=cerave+acne+foaming+cream+cleanser&qid=1641844947&s=books&sprefix=cera+ve+ac%252Cstripbooks%252C99&sr=1-2&_encoding=UTF8&tag=arrowsxadvent-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=edd30302044e7d2d77eca68f4719d620&camp=1789&creative=9325">CeraVe Acne Control CleanserCeraVe Acne Control Cleanser. Before I give you my takeaway of the product, I want to review some information about the product and why it stands out from all the products I tried. I also linked the sources if you would like to read more information about the product.

Source: CeraVe website

Why is CeraVe so significant?

Owned by L’Oreal, CeraVe was developed by a group of scientists who noticed a common issue with acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin: a compromised skin barrier. Scientists created a formulation that contained three essential ceramides, fatty acids, and hyaluronic acid to restore the skin barrier issue. These ingredients would also maintain long-term moisture for the skin after it has been applied. (Source: https://www.loreal.com/en/active-cosmetics-division/cerave/).

What are the key ingredients?

-Salicylic acid 2%: loosens the “glue” that holds the skin cells together. By loosening the glue, it allows the dead skin cells to shed away and reveal new skin cells. As a result, it reduces clogged pores and minimizes acne. 

Source: https://www.cerave.com/ingredients-in-cerave/salicylic-acid

-Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): soothes and restores the skin moisture barrier after it is “stripped” by the salicylic acid. It also reduces skin dehydration and visible effects of environmental damage. This ingredient promotes healthier and more radiant skin.

Source: https://www.cerave.com/ingredients-in-cerave/niacinamide

-Ceramides: Our skin contains natural ceramides which are lipids that make up 50% of the skin composition. These lipids work together to form a “glue” to hold the skin cells together. This “glue” seals moisture in and keeps impurities out.

Source: https://www.cerave.com/about-cerave/the-ceramides-difference

Is it affordable?

CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser is pricier than the product I used to use, but it does not break the bank. You can find it at your major big box stores such as Walmart, Target, Ulta. Depending on where you shop for your skincare products, it will cost you between $11.99-14.99. 


-Formulation: I was surprised by the formulation of this cleanser. The product comes out like a gel and converts into a foamy cleanser once water is applied. It does not take a lot of product for my face to be clean.

Before water is applied to the cleanser.

-Fragrance-free: I have used a lot of facial cleansers that contain fragrance. As I get older, I noticed how sensitive my skin is to fragrance (aka essential oils). I am at the age where I do not care if my cleanser smells like roses. I just want my cleanser to do its job.


-If you use too much product, it will be extra foamy. I’m sure this is just me, but all that extra foam leads to a mess on my arms and sometimes my bathroom counter. 

-Post-wash feel: Although it has ceramides in the product, I have noticed my skin feels a little tight after I wash it. Of course, keep in mind this may occur if serums and moisturizers are not applied right away.

My Takeaway:

I have been using CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser since October. I am quite surprised with how well it’s cleared my face. I wish I had a picture of my nose before I began using this product. The pores on my nose were severely clogged and uneven. Since using this cleanser, most of my pores are clear and even again. It has also maintained my acne breakouts. The only downfall I have with this cleanser is the post wash feel, but I know I can take care of the issue by applying my serums and moisturizers right after I wash my face.

I would recommend this product to anyone who suffers with mild acne. It’s affordable and gentle on your face. CeraVe is like no other product I have used in the past, drugstore and prescription. Although these breakthroughs take time, I wish this cleanser was available years ago because I am curious to know how well it would have taken care of my teenage acne. 

If you have tried this product, please let me know what you think. I’m curious. If there is a product you would like for me to try let me know and I will check it out!

Stay adventurous,

Natalie Paige

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